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Donations sought as Norwood flood victims prepare to return home

After living in extended-stay hotels for about three months, 44 seniors are preparing to move back home to Hillcrest Elderly Apartments, according to New Life Furniture Bank.

Officials at the nonprofit said in a press release Tuesday that the seniors were living in lower level units of Hillcrest when flood waters and sewage destroyed their apartments and most of their belongings in late August.

The seniors are now scheduled to begin moving back into their homes during the week of Dec. 5. The nonprofit is requesting donations of linens and housewares to help get them settled.

“We are committed to helping furnish the homes of these elderly flood victims who have little resources – but we need the community’s help,” said Dana Saxton, executive director of New Life Furniture Bank. “Many of them have physical and mental health challenges and are experiencing significant trauma from the loss and displacement. Our goal is to have them home by Christmas!”

Cookware, small appliances, bedding, towels and more can be found on a wishlist of possible donations on New Life Furniture Bank’s Facebook page.

The organization also said cash donations can be made to directly benefit the victims on their website by designating the funds to “Hillcrest Flood Victims.

Donations are also accepted in person at the furniture bank’s Blue Ash location at 11431 Williamson Drive.

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